Friday, July 29, 2011

100 Books 38 - Robert Anton Wilson's THE COSMIC TRIGGER

I can't do a year of books without including a little something by my old pal Robert Anton Wilson. I can, of course, only sort of call him a pal, since I met him once, alas, prematurely for me; I was 18, more or less fresh out of high school and small town Wyoming, drawn to a talk he gave at Saugerties, NY's Thelemic Arts Center on "Religion for the Hell of It." I had just had his The Illuminatus! Trilogy


  1. Enjoyed this quite a bit. I don't read these, normally, because I tend to find out more than I want to know about the books, this is one that I've read though. Love me some RAW. Awesome that you got to see/hear him speak!

  2. Aw James, I'm sad that you don't read these more but I understand 8(

    I have whole chunks of that talk committed to memory because someone brought a tape recorder to it. I wore out the cassette many years ago but the gist is still with me. He was an original!

  3. This is a very good appreciation of one of my favorite RAW books. I have been re-reading the "Cosmic Trigger" books and I think they are among Wilson's best.

    One thing you may not realize is that there is a new book out about the oddball physicists discussed in Cosmic Trigger 1, such as Jack Sarfatti, Saul-Paul Sirag, Nick Herbert, etc. The book is called "How the Hippies Saved Physics" and it's by David Kaiser. The book has gotten respectful reviews in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, etc. A bit more about this:

  4. Good review. Dog bless Bob Wilson!!!

    "...can definitely see "something" happening next winter, if only because such a sizeable portion of our population seems to think something will."

    You could have said the same thing about the Millennium, no? And what a damp squib and a half that turned out to be.

    "No less interesting and persuasively rational a cat than Terrence McKenna pointed to 2012 in his work as far back as 1976."

    Ah yes, but:


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